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The World's Best Street Food: Where to Find it & How to Make it (Lonely Planet Street Food) Paperback – March 1, 2012
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The foods are divided into broad categories of savory and sweet. The savory category is the larger by far, comprising 80 of the dishes—leaving 20 sweets. The dishes represent about 50 different countries of origin. A lot of these countries are well-known street food cultures such as Thailand, Vietnam, India, Mexico, and the US, but there are also a number of locales with which readers may be less familiar-- such as Ghana, Malta, and French Polynesia. The dishes include a number of my favorites, such as Vietnamese Banh Mi, US Breakfast Burrito, Indian Masala Dosa, Thai Pad Thai, Hungarian Langos, and Singaporean Hainanese Chicken Rice. However, I also learned of new dishes that I’m eager to try, such as Croatian Cevapcici, Burmese Mohinga, and Chilean Sopaipilla.
WARNING: While I didn’t deduct stars for it, I will warn readers that this isn’t a good book to get as an e-book—at least unless you have a high-end tablet. It was a bit of a pain to read on my Kindle Touch, and the graphics (which I assume are beautiful in the print edition) were largely useless on my device. One could blow up the text easily enough (within limits, at least,) but the pages got grainy if one blew them up too much—and some of the text remained small when expanded.
There are photos. As I mentioned, on my device they were largely useless (grainy black-and-white) but your results may vary.
I found this book to be interesting and informative. While I wish the e-book had been easier to read, it was well-organized and offered a broad selection of dishes from a large number of countries.
I’d recommend this book for street food lovers and foodies.
Problem number one with this, it only works in landscape mode on your device. Problem number two, you are dealing with type not formatted to fit on a Kindle or other device. You are forced to view two pages on the screen. My mini iPad makes the text small, it is not comfortable for reading a recipe. Add brightly colored backgrounds and the small text blends into the background. If you are needing reading glasses, or have problems with reading poorly contrasted text, skip this book in Kindle format.
Yes, the book has lots of pretty pictures, but I would prefer the option of being able to view one page at a time vs reading this in two page formatting with no option for making the text larger. This book would be much better in traditional book format. On a Kindle, I was going to get a headache.
Recommend with caveats given.
The 1 star isn't for the content since I purchased it but can't download it. It's for this problem many people are having WITH trying to download it. Before you purchase it, try to make sure it is compatible with your device!
Thought it might be better on Kindle for the PC, but oops! It isn't even available to load to Kindle for the PC! But it was free so decided to try it. Big mistake. How ridiculous to be using a magnifying glass to read on an iPad or e-reader!?!
It's a shame because the book looks like it would have been interesting.